I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
So Maryland’s Democrat Governor Martin O'Malley wants the public sector union workers to pay more of their own pension and they said “NO” and protested!
All of this after all the work he has done to increase the public sector privileges in the recent past.
Union Rally Targets Democratic Maryland Governor Over Pension Reforms
Thousands are expected to protest the governor's pension reform proposal Monday night at a rally organized by Maryland's largest union for state employees, as budget challenges return to the forefront in the General Assembly after weeks of debate on social issues.
Gov. Martin O'Malley has worked to increase collective bargaining rights in the state, which some labor leaders have said has "collective bargaining lite.” There is no binding arbitration for state workers, and they do not have the right to strike.
O'Malley, head of the Democratic Governors Association, has been highlighting his support for organized labor as a stark contrast to Republicans such as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who signed a bill to all but strip collective bargaining rights from state employees there.
O'Malley has proposed changes to address a troubling $19 billion in unfunded pension liabilities and $16 billion in retiree health liabilities. The plan has raised the unions' ire, partly because it would require increased contributions from state employees. The union says those workers already have suffered from three years of furloughs to help ease the state's budget problems.
Moran said the state should take other steps to deal with financial problems, such as closing a tax loophole for large businesses that operate in multiple states and reinstating a tax on people with income of more than $1 million.
While O'Malley is sympathetic to the union's objections, he said the state's current pension system is unsustainable.